“All this support will be implemented at the request, command and direction of Mozambicans, who are in front of the country’s destinies, as no one knows our home better than we do”, declared the Mozambican head of state, in a communication to the nation about the terrorist armed violence in Cabo Delgado from the Presidency of the Republic, in Maputo. command that ensures there are no clashes, frictions or disarticulation, leaving Mozambique to lead these strategies.”It is absolutely clear that the Mozambicans will be at the forefront, as they know the terrain better, the context and are the most interested”, he stressed Filipe Nyusi, adding that the mandate of foreign forces in Mozambique is “solidarity and aims to save lives”.”There is no reason to fear the presence and intervention. the foreign one”, declared the head of State, also clarifying that the requests for support made by the Maputo executive were based on mechanisms and principles of international cooperation, as well as bilateral agreements. On the ground, Mozambique will count on military personnel from Rwanda and of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), but there are other partners that are beginning to support the capacity building of Mozambican forces, with emphasis on the European Union and the United States. “We should not fear this support, we should be afraid to be alone, facing the terrorists” declared the President, stressing that the fight against violent extremism cannot be won individually.”We were and will be the owners of this path, which we travel with countries that face the same enemy” he concluded .The mandate of a SADC “joint standby force” to support Mozambique in the fight against terrorism in Cabo Delgado was approved on June 23 at an extraordinary summit of the country. organization in Maputo that debated armed violence in that province in the north of the country. According to the Ministry of Defence, in addition to South Africa and Botswana, countries like Tanzania and Angola have also confirmed that they will send their forces, but Mozambique is also waiting for others soldiers from member countries of that regional organization. It is not publicly known the number of soldiers that the organization will send to Mozambique, but experts from SADC who were in Cabo Delgado had already stated in April that the mission should comprise around three thousand soldiers.In Cabo Delgado, there is already a contingent of 1,000 Rwandan military and police to fight against armed groups, within the framework of a bilateral agreement between the Mozambican Government and the Kigali authorities.Armed groups terrorize the province of Cabo Delgado since 2017, with some attacks being claimed by the Islamic State group.
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